Rich has a saying: "Sin makes people stupid." The truth of that saying is ringing loudly today. Its been a rough week. My stomach is in knots. My face is all rashy (a fun side effect to stress that I've experienced since moving here and experiencing sinful, messy situations.) I know God has put us here for a reason and he never said it would be easy, but I didn't expect it to be so hard at times. We work with a bunch of messed up people, in a messed up world and things are just messed up right now. We are trying to be a light, be the Truth, be in prayer, but even while doing those things, it still is hard. I mentioned before that we were hurt deeply by some church members last year. Those wounds are healing and God has given us a lot of discretion due to that situation, but we also built up a lot of walls - not allowing others to really get close to us. We knew we couldn't effectively minister that way - so we stepped out in faith and loved. We've seen God change lives but Satan is trying so hard to tear down the work we've done. Its no surprise. The Bible tells us we will face persecution and trials. Its just...hard.
Pray for us, especially Rich. Pray for Granite Square. Pray for Matt and Marie and the safety of our families. Pray for Rocky that this brings him closer to God. Pray that the Truth sets Granite Square free. Pray for the kids of the Community Center, like Paul and Josh.
P.S. I hope you guys don't mind my blogging be more of my thoughts than pics of Morgann like the other one:-) I'll do a Morgann post one of these days:-)